Florida SBDC Network, Senator Marco Rubio to Host Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference

No Cost Event to Provide Strategies, Resources to Aid in COVID-19 Recovery

Florida SBDC Network Headquarters (Pensacola, Fla.) – Florida’s small businesses are invited to register for the Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference: Sustain the Pivot, a no-cost event hosted by the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and the Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. The event will take place May 18-19, 2021.

"Registration Open for the Sustain the Pivot Virtual Conference May 18-19"

This multi-day, virtual conference will equip Florida’s small businesses with the strategies and resources needed to navigate the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and connect them with resource providers who can aid in their long-term recovery.

The event will feature presentations from Florida SBDC Network business consultants on topics including marketing, cybersecurity, capital access, and human resources. Consultants will share business insights and discuss how attendees can leverage the network’s service offering of no-cost consulting, training, and resources. Each half-day session will conclude with a post-event presentation in Spanish.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Office of Senator Marco Rubio on this important event,” said Dr. Cheryl Kirby, interim CEO of the Florida SBDC Network. “Small businesses need help now more than ever. The event will offer a dynamic line-up of speakers and resources to help business owners navigate the long-term challenges of COVID-19 and jumpstart their recovery.”

Senator Marco Rubio will deliver a welcome address emphasizing the importance of small businesses to the state’s economy. There will also be keynote presentations by Emily Ley, CEO of Simplified, and John Gilmore, former tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and president and CEO of Brandthumb. During these presentations, attendees will learn additional skills and knowledge to help their business succeed despite difficult circumstances.

As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Senator Rubio has made it his priority to ensure America’s 30 million small businesses have access to the resources and capital they need to help them compete in the 21st-century global economy.

“This past year has been incredibly hard for all of us, and small businesses were no exception,” said Senator Rubio. “They form the backbone of our communities, drive innovation, and create good jobs, but many were uniquely vulnerable to the economic fallout from the pandemic and public health lockdowns. The Paycheck Protection Program was designed to help both small business owners and their employees survive this crisis. Now, as we look toward fully reopening our economy, we must pivot to ensuring these small businesses have access to the tools they need to thrive.”

For more information, and to register by the May 13 deadline, please visit www.sustainthepivot.eventbrite.com. For questions, please contact Allison Romer at Allison.Romer@FloridaSBDC.org.